Composite Decking – What It Is and How It Works
The composite material used for decks is made by binding together wood fibers, sawdust or chips with a plastic base. The result is a durable product that resists rot and other environmental damage.
Which is cheaper PVC or composite decking?
Solid composite decking boards Futurewood are heavier and more resistant to warping, splintering and mold growth. They are commonly used for swimming pool decks, pathways to homes and permanent flooring in hotels, homes and offices.
Hollow composite decking boards or blank composite boards are lightweight and less resistant to impacts. They often require caps or fascia boards on their edges to make them more resistant to wear and tear.
Capped composite decking boards feature a core of recycled plastic and wood by-products, with a cap that is made from a synthetic material to increase stain and scratch resistance and prevent discoloration. These composite boards are durable and easy to maintain because they don’t require regular cleaning or repainting.
Composite decking is also resistant to termites and other wood-destroying pests, so they won’t attract them. All wood decking is prone to splintering, but composite does not; it uses small, plastic-encased wood fibers that splinter much less than natural wood.
A composite deck that doesn’t need a stain or sealant saves you money and time on maintenance, which makes it more affordable for homeowners who want to spend more time outside. In addition, most quality levels of composite decking will last decades without the need for costly repairs and replacements.